Malaysian Women Lawyers Conference 2019

8 Nov 2019 - Fri / 1 day / 8:00am - 5:00pm / Asian International Arbitration Centre ("AIAC")

Come learn issues related to gender, time and technology management, toxic workspace, and future career planning in the 2nd Malaysian Women Lawyers Conference 2019!

Member: RM 120
Pupil in Chambers: RM 60
Non-Member: RM 150
Organisers: Association of Women Lawyers, Bar Council

CPD: Bridges
CPD Points: 6
Circular No: 216/2019
Event Code:


Learn from and join a community of professionals who have been there and done it and are looking to rise to greater heights.

Power Up Your Career

  • Explore gender as a new practice area
    Gender issues. We need lawyers who know how to handle hot-button gender issues including sexual harassment, discrimination and gender equality. Come learn how to take on complex human resource issues and advise your clients on what they need to know to create more gender inclusive work-places.
  • Learn to manage technology and time
    24/7 access takes its toll. When do you switch off from your devices and how do you draw boundaries for yourself, your bosses, your staff and your clients. Learn how here.
  • Are you enabling or enduring a toxic workspace?
    Understand behaviours that create and defuse toxicity. It’s time to bolster and power-up your mental health. Understand the situations that have you blowing your fuse and creating unnecessary tension that spills into your personal life. Get support and support others.
  • Career planning
    Future forward your career. There is change in the air. Technology is driving the kind of work that will pay dividends in the future. Learn to leverage your legal skills to create the career you want to thrive in the changing environment.


8:00 amRegistration and Breakfast
9:00 am Welcoming Address
by Sheena Gurbakhash, President, Association of Women Lawyers (“AWL”)
9:15 am Opening Address
by Roger Chan Weng Keng, Vice-President, Malaysian Bar
9:30 amSession 1: Gender as a New Legal Practice Area

What are the gender-related issues that are prevalent today? How do various forms of discrimination result in civil and/or criminal liability? Who are “protected persons” in this context? What would be the basis of this area of legal practice? Understand the gender framework and gain insights into discrimination — or non-discrimination — by employers.

(1) Shanthi Dairiam, Vice-President, Women’s Aid Organisation (“WAO”)
(2) Datin Mina Cheah-Foong, Managing Director, The Body Shop Malaysia
(3) Amanda Kong, Member, Malaysian Bar

Meera Samanther, Vice President, AWL
10:45 amSession 2: The Toxic Workspace

What is toxicity in the workplace? Are you experiencing it? Understand the variety of forms that marginalisation can take — gender, sexual, racial and/or religious — and how it can occur.

(1) Lee San San, Chief Listener, Deep Listening Enterprise
(2) Selvamalar Alagaratnam, Partner, Skrine
(3) Tan Heang-Lee, Advocacy and Communications Officer, WAO

Aisha Zanariah Abdullah, AWL EXCO

Breakout Activity
How do you recognise toxicity in the workspace? What can you do about it? How do individuals help and support each other in toxic workspaces?

by Hetal Doshi, Certified Professional Coach, O’Psych
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm Session 3: 24/7 Access Kills!

The smartphone and the laptop, while heralded as being life-changing technological tools, can hold each of us to ransom! There is seemingly no excuse for why you cannot be reached, or cannot check your emails or do one more piece of work, even during your personal time. Where do you draw the line, and how? Is it time to change the architecture of law firms and the corporate sector, to one that focuses on outcomes and productivity instead of on watching the clock? Learn how and when to say “no”.

(1) Jenna Beh, Co-Founder, LawTech Malaysia
(2) Janice Leo Selvanathan, Partner, Steven Thiru & Sudhar Partnership

Dr Bahma Sivasubramaniam, AWL EXCO

Breakout Activity
All participants surrender their mobile devices for the full duration of this session.
3:15 pm Session 4: Your Future Has Arrived. Are You Ready?

Do you know where you will be in 12 months, 24 months, 60 months, or even 10 years? What are you doing to get to your desired destination? Are you leading, or being led? What are the learnable skills that you will need, to compete in the domestic and international legal infrastructure in the years ahead? Learn how critical it is to “congregate, communicate and collaborate”, to set the framework for your future as a professional.

(1) Adlin Abdul Majid, Partner, Lee Hishammuddin Allen & Gledhill
(2) Maha Balakrishnan, Strategy Consultant
(3) Raja Nadia Sabrina Raja Ahmad Aminollah, Founder and Creative Director, Aere

Daniella Zulkifli, AWL EXCO

Breakout Activity
Identify your limitations, and what you need now.
4:30 pm Launch of the AWL-KL Bar GEDC Mentorship Programme
with the Gender Equality & Diversity Committee of the Kuala Lumpur Bar Committee

by YA Dato’ Mary Lim, Judge, Court of Appeal
5:00 pm Closing Address
by Meera Samanther, Vice President, AWL


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Terms and Conditions

Places are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For events with registration fees, all payments must be made in advance, including bank charges. Registration will be confirmed once proof of payment is provided by email or fax, and full payment is received.

For events that are not organised by Bar Council, please note that you are subject to the relevant terms and conditions specified by the external providers.


Cancellations must be made in writing at least 48 hours prior to the event.

If you have failed to inform the organiser on your cancellation for three consecutive times, you may be blacklisted for future events.


Refunds will be processed after the event is completed. This may take up to 30 business days. The conditions for refunds are as follows:

  • Full refunds will be issued if the cancellation is notified to the organiser three business days before the event.
  • No refunds will be issued if the cancellation is notified to the organiser less than three business days from the event.

The organiser reserves the right to modify, cancel or postpone the event, should circumstances arise that make such action necessary, whereupon all registration fees paid will be refunded.


You are allowed to transfer your place to another participant, but you must notify the organiser with the necessary details.


CPD points will not be awarded to lawyers and pupils in chambers from Peninsular Malaysia who arrive more than 15 minutes late, are not present throughout the event, or leave before its scheduled end.


The personal information that you provide to the Bar Council, whether now or in the future, may be used, recorded, stored, disclosed or otherwise processed by or on behalf of the Bar Council for the purposes of facilitation and organisation of this event, research and audit, maintenance of a participant database for the promotion of this event, and such ancillary services as may be relevant.


  • Materials will be emailed only. No printed notes will be provided.
  • No recording of the event is permitted via any means at any time.
  • No part of the event content may be used/reproduced in any form without the written and explicit consent of the Bar Council and speaker(s).



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